Incident 598: False Arrest of Georgia Man Due to Louisiana Police's Faulty Facial Recognition Technology

Description: The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana relied on facial recognition technology to identify suspects for the alleged theft of luxury purses, resulting in a man in Georgia, Randal Reid, being arrested. However, the technology produced a false match, leading to Reid's arrest and subsequent release. This incident highlights the potential pitfalls of facial recognition technology in law enforcement.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, which harmed Randal Reid , Minorities and Black people.

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JPSO used facial recognition technology to arrest a man. The tech was wrong. · 2023

Technology has given police vast reach to compare the faces of criminal suspects against a trove of mug shots, driver's licenses, and even selfies plucked from social media.

But a recent attempt by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to n…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.